The Psychology of Online Sociability: Theory and Examples

The Psychology of Online Sociability: Theory and Examples

Torkil Clemmensen (Copenhagen Business School, Denmark)
Copyright: © 2007 |Pages: 23
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-069-1.ch010
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In this chapter, I will review current approaches to online sociability and present and exemplify the psychological social reality theory of online sociability. By analyzing sociability in a university-level virtual world course, I will present and analyze examples on how to understand the students’ design of conditions for sociability as communication of cultural symbols, such as avatars and virtual landscapes, and the social reality of perceived groups of people. The results of the analysis will be used to illustrate different kinds of online sociability: super?cial, convivial, and negative sociability. The chapter suggests solutions and recommendations to designers and researchers with a focus on online communities and networked communication.

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Simon Heilesen, Sisse Siggaard Jensen
Simon Heilesen, Sisse Siggaard Jensen
Chapter 1
Hanne Westh Nicolajsen, Jørgen P. Bansler
This chapter examines how people in organizations appropriate new computer-based media, that is, how they adopt, recon?gure, and integrate advanced... Sample PDF
Evolving Information Ecologies: The Appropriation of New Media in Organizations
Chapter 2
Dixi Louise Strand
This chapter explores the use practices of networked communications, or more speci?cally, the use practices of a Web-based information system in... Sample PDF
Incompleteness and Unpredictability of Networked Communications in Use
Chapter 3
Keld Bødker, Jens Kaaber Pors, Jesper Simonsen
This chapter presents results elicited from empirical studies of the implementation and use of an open-ended, configurable, and context specific... Sample PDF
Strategies for Organizational Implementation of Networked Communication in Distributed Organizations
Chapter 4
Nette Schultz, Lene Sørensen, Dan Saugstrup
This chapter presents and discusses a new design framework for involving users at an early stage in a mobile ICT development project. A... Sample PDF
Participatory Design and Creativity in Development of Information and Communication Technologies
Chapter 5
Georg Strøm
Inspired by work on systems for control rooms, this chapter describes how working with information on the Internet and other types of network-based... Sample PDF
Information and Function Chunks as Building Blocks in the Control Room of Life
Chapter 6
Simon B. Heilesen
Web design is important for how we communicate on the Internet, and it also has an in?uence on computer interface design in general. Taking a very... Sample PDF
A Short History of Designing for Communication on the Web
Chapter 7
Pieter Ballon, Jo Pierson, Simon Delaere
This chapter examines how to foster innovation in networked communications by setting up broadband environments for joint testing and experimenting.... Sample PDF
Fostering Innovation in Networked Communications: Test and Experimentation Platforms for Broadband Systems
Chapter 8
Frances Deepwell, Kathy Courtney
In this chapter, we explore how the design of networked learning can contribute to building a shared understanding of the applications of new... Sample PDF
Envisioning Potential: Stories of Networked Learning Designs from a UK University
Chapter 9
Sisse Siggaard Jensen
This chapter proposes a designing strategy referred to as “virtual 3D exploratories”. It is a strategy by which to facilitate knowledge sharing and... Sample PDF
Reflective Designing for Actors and Avatars in Virtual Worlds
Chapter 10
Torkil Clemmensen
In this chapter, I will review current approaches to online sociability and present and exemplify the psychological social reality theory of online... Sample PDF
The Psychology of Online Sociability: Theory and Examples
Chapter 11
Jörgen Skågeby
This chapter suggests that the pro-social provision, or gifting, of goods in multiple user sharing networks is largely determined by the... Sample PDF
Designing Control of Computer-Mediated Gifting in Sharing Networks
Chapter 12
Louise Barkhuus
This chapter introduces a qualitative study of the use of mobile text messaging (SMS) and re?ects on how SMS in?uences social interaction. It... Sample PDF
Mobile Networked Text Communication: The Case of SMS and Its In?uence on Social Interaction
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